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Mike Batt

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"Mike Batt" (born February 6, 1949 in Southampton, England) is a British based songwriter/musician/producer.

Mike Batt began his career in popular music at the age of eighteen as a signed artist with Liberty Records UK, having answered the same advertisement as Elton John and Bernie Taupin placed by Ray Williams in the New Musical Express. The talented youth quickly became part of Liberty's production team, and in 1969 he took over production duties from Noel Walker on blues greats McKenna Mendelson Mainline's seminal first release "Stink". Walker and Batt were credited on the album only as "Liberty Staff". Also in 1969, Batt released as producer/artist a Liberty single, his bouncy cover of the Beatles" "Your Mother Should Know". Batt subsequently became Head of A&R for Liberty Records.

His first hits as a singer/songwriter/producer were by The Wombles, in 1974. After eight hit singles and four gold albums with The Wombles, he moved on to work with various artists as a songwriter/producer, most successfully with Steeleye Span and their most successful single and album "All Around My Hat" in 1975.


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